Today, they just didn’t want to settle it seemed and when they did they had disappeared. Over the course of today, I believe I saw around 7 individuals flying around the more sheltered parts of the site, due to a high Southerly breeze.

I trust the experts when they say the Large Blues will still be around for the weekend and for next week. So there is still a good chance of seeing one this year! Plus, the view is spectacular from Collard Hill, so is definitely worth the trip down anyway.

Collard Hill

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I managed to photograph a Red Admiral on site today – the first sighting this year, amongst other butterflies and invertebrates today:





Marbled White

Marbled White

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Red Admiral

Red Admiral



We also have many types of thistle on site, but I couldn’t figure out which this could be, and thought it best to ask yourselves! [update: It is not a thistle, it is Teasel! That’s why I couldn’t find it in the thistle section of my identification guide!]

Any suggestions, as always, are welcome.



7 thoughts on “Flutterbys

  1. Teasel heads were used in the woolen mills to draw out the surface of the woven cloth prior to surface trimming with shears or a device that was the forerunner of the cylinder lawnmower. Teasel heads were mounted in a spinning frame and brushed across the cloth thus pulling up the fibres. Machinery can still be seen demonstrated at Dunkirk Mill in the Stroud valley. Fascinating plant.

  2. That’s wild teasel. Yes it does in structure look like a thistle so I can see where you are coming from.

  3. I have teasels in my garden, about a mile from Collard Hill. They make interesting photographic subjects, especially when in flower.

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